Peugeot's new 208 GTi will hit the streets with a 200bhp 1.6-litre turbo engine when it arrives in the spring – but the maker hasn't ruled out an even more powerful version could follow.

Autoblog exclusively revealed that the engineers behind the new model were faced with choosing between installing a 200bhp or 230bhp unit in the new car.

As we reported, the French firm opted for the lower-powered version in the new 208 GTi, but a spokesman for the firm told us that didn't mean the 230bhp option had been totally ruled out.

"Engineers always over engineer cars – and that's what they've done with the new GTi," said the spokesman. "There may be a higher powered version at a later date. It certainly hasn't been ruled out.

"The 200bhp option was picked because it offers better fuel economy, but the 230bhp unit could still make an appearance."

Hot hatch fans will be hoping Peugeot decides to bring back its famous Rallye badge and offer a stripped out, lightweight version of the 208 GTi – but with even more power.

Would you like to see the Rallye badge return to Peugeots? Let us know by posting your comments below.