Reliant Scimitar GTE SE6
|Predecessor||Reliant Scimitar GTE (SE5)|
|Body style||two door estate|
|Engine||2994 cc V-6 (1975 - 1979) 2792 cc V-6 (1979 - 1986)|
|Transmission||4 speed manual + opt Laycock overdrive on 3rd and 4th Borg Warner Type 35 3 speed auto SE6/Ford C3 3-speed automatic SE6A on|
|Wheelbase||103.81 in (2,637 mm)|
|Length||174.5 in (4,432 mm)|
|Width||67.25 in (1,708 mm)|
|Height||52 in (1,321 mm)|
|Kerb weight||2,762 lb (1,253 kg) (automatic transmission)|
More of a luxury model than the SE5, the SE6 series was promoted to the executive market. These models were two-door sports estates, again with the Ford V6 3.0 L engine as used in the 5a with 135 bhp,: the wheelbase was increased by 4 inches (10 cm) and the track by 3 inches (8 cm) making the cars correspondingly longer and wider than their predecessors. The extra length was used to improve rear-seat legroom and access which enhanced the car's credentials as a 'genuine' four-seater. The SE6 was replaced by the SE6A in late 1976. 543 SE6 models were produced.
The SE6A displayed a number of changes, including Lockheed brakes and suspension revisions. An easy way to spot a 6A from a 6 is the change to orange from red reflectors on the rear extractor vents, and the 3 vertical grooves in the front bumper (in front of the wheelarches) were removed. 3877 SE6As were made - making it the most popular version of all the SE6 shape.
Ford had stopped making the "Essex" engine by 1980, so one of the major differences with the SE6B was the engine. The German-built Ford "Cologne" 2.8 L V6 was used instead (thus the chassis on the 6B differs from the 6/6A at the front) and provided similar power but rather less torque at low revs. The final drive ratio was lowered from 3.31:1 to 3.54:1 to compensate. All SE6Bs (and the SE8) were equipped with the quite troublesome Pierburg/Solex carburettored engines (many owners have changed to the Weber 38DGAS from the Essex engine) and although the battery was moved from the 6/6A position to allow for injection equipment to be fitted, none ever left the factory so fitted. Some late versions (around 1983 on) came with the galvanised chassis as standard but the exact numbers and chassis details are vague.
Only 437 SE6Bs were manufactured. Production ceased by 1986.