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Mike Stevens | Nov, 12 2013 | 1 Comment

Peugeot looks to be preparing an even hotter entrant in the sizzling performance corner of the light-hatch market, with reports today that a special 208 R model is on the way.

Talk of the new R model comes from US industry paper Automotive News, which claims that Peugeot boss Maxime Picat has confirmed the new flagship.

"Above the 208 GTI, we will soon have an even sportier 208 R," Picat told the paper in an interview this week.

MORE: See our 208 GTi reviews here

Taking its name from the new souped-up RCZ R coupe and 308 R concept, the 208 R would enter above the existing GTi, which already boasts a heartwarming 147kW.

Reports earlier this year pointed to a new 'special edition' of the 208 GTi, boosting the 1.6 turbo engine's output to nearly 177kW.

Those numbers would make it a clear power leader in the light hot-hatch market.

Of course, with compatriot Renault expected to roll out a Gordini-badged special edition of the Clio RS, rumours of a hotted-up 208 are no surprise.

Watch for more on these reports to surface over the coming year.

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