A day with the crazy Peugeot Onyx
Made out of papier mâché and felt, the Onyx is a crazy concept with more than a hint of reality
Posted: 03 May 2013
Then pull right-hand paddle to engage first gear. Clack. Hear the gearbox engage the first cog. Build revs. Keep building. Ease the clutch out... steady. Ka-donk. Stalled. Whoops. Embarrassing. Useless-driver character flaw - doesn't bode well. Hit the neutral button. Start again. More revs this time, slip the clutch more. The Onyx starts to move - admittedly with appalling kangaroo bounce, but at least we're going forwards.
And that really is the scariest part of the Onyx. Once you're rolling, everything syncs up, and you have to keep telling yourself that this is a concept car. Sure, it feels a bit pre-production in places, but certainly no worse than any other development car I've ever driven. Once it's running at 3,000rpm and above, the engine smoothes out, and we easily manage to hit 70mph. It doesn't feel 545bhp per tonne fast, but then I'm not driving it in full red-mist mode. The knowledge of all the upcoming motor shows puts a stop to that.