Aston Martin boss Ulrich Bez says that he’s open to the concept of using smaller-capacity engines, provided that it doesn’t detract from the exclusivity of the brand’s models.

Aston has reduced the emissions of its V8s and V12s by 25 per cent over the past six years, but Bez believes there is still work to do. “The job is not complete,” he said. “Four or even three cylinders are possible. If the spirit of the times demands six cylinders, then it has to be looked at.”

Bez warned that if Aston made such a move, it would “never undermine exclusivity. We must stay special”.