The public outside of Europe may not generally know it, but Peugeot has a long history in the motorcycle segment having introduced its first bike back towards the end of the 1800s and continues to do so today offering 14 different models including scooters, multi-gear bikes and mopeds with engine capacities from 50cc to 500cc (0.5-liters).
At next week's 2012 Paris Motor Show, the French company will present a new prototype three-wheeler named the Onyx Concept Scooter, and yes, as you may have guessed already, it was inspired by the 680HP diesel-electric Onyx Hybrid Supercar Concept.
The Onyx Scooter offers two different configurations: Sport Mode and Urban Mode.
In Sport Mode, the riding position is similar to that of a superbike with the rider's feet pointing towards the rear. With the center ClipBox removed, the Onyx goes into Urban Mode with the rider adopting a scooter-like position with feet forward and head up.
The Onyx Scooter Concept utilizes a plug-in hybrid powertrain combining a 400cc (0.4-liters) internal combustion engine with an electric motor to drive the extra-large 200/50 R17 rear tire.
The system delivers an output of 45kW or 60Hp and 58Nm (43 lb-ft) of peak torque allowing for a maximum speed of 150km/h (93mph). It consumes 2.0 lt/100 km (117.6mpg US or 141mpg UK), and has a range of 30km (18.6miles) at 50km/h (31mph) in ZEV mode, and up to 500km (310 miles) in combined mode.
Peugeot did not say if it plans to produce the Onyx Scooter but we wouldn't count on it, at least not in this form.
Story References: Peugeot via Carbodydesign