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
It does feel quick, and far more reactive than you'd expect a diesel to be. The throttle response is silky, and the turbo doesn't take an age to spool up, meaning that it's - steady now - pretty easy to drive.
Two things stand out more than most: the gearbox and the ride. The sequential gearbox, also from the 908, is a proper bit of kit, and because this crucial touch point is so sorted, it makes the Onyx feel far more resolved than it probably should. Upchanges are fast and hard, but it's the downshifts that really impress. There's no need to use the clutch, and it clacks into the lower gear with a real sense of urgency and ferocity. Makes you wonder how epic the Onyx would feel barrelling down the Mulsanne...