Reliant Scimitar GTE
Code Name (SE6)
In response to criticism of cramped interior space, Reliant introduced their latest version of the GTE in late 1975, with the first models available for sale in 1976. The new GTE was now called the SE6. Although keeping the famous styling of the SE5 series, the SE6 was totally redesigned. The body was approx. 4" longer and 3" wider. This gave a much needed increase in interior space, with extra legroom and elbow room. Externally the car could be recognised by its larger headlights, rubber bumpers and the removal of the quarter light windows. The interior was completely redesigned, which was more luxurious using nylon seats with leather cloth and now enabled Reliant to explore additional buyers, namely the executive market.
The car was originally criticised due to its softer handling, resulting from modified suspension and chassis. However the car was more civilised and had a much smoother ride, which was better for long distance touring. The car also came with the option of having power steering and composite alloy wheels.