Reliant Scimitar GTE
Code Name (SE6b)
1980 the SE6B was introduced. Ford had withdrawn the aging V6 Essex
engine and had replaced it with the German built 2.8 litre cologne
engine. Due to the lower torque on the cologne engine, Reliant had
to change the rear axle with a lower ratio to compensate for the lack of
The GTE is a successful combination of performance and practicality for both business and social needs. There were now electric mirrors and intermittent wipers, rubber door strips fitted, seatbelt warning light, halogen lights and rear fog lights warning light. The interior had new coverings and colours including black, chocolate or mushroom. The luggage space is a good 20 cubic feet, but with both the individual rear seats folded down, this would increase to 40 cubic feet!
The badging on the front of the car was now just a Scimitar shield fitted to the dummy grill. There was also an option to have an electric sunroof fitted. There were approx. 437 produced.
From 1981 SE6b's were made using a galvanised chassis to ensure the longevity of these wonderful cars.