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Reliant Scimitar


Reliant Scimitar

Is it a sports car or is it a station wagon? That's the question often levelled at the Scimitar GTE, and the answer remains something of a conundrum. At the rear, the car featured a wide-opening tailgate and the rear seat could be dropped to accommodate long loads, making it surprisingly practical, while it was also extremely comfortable. The well-equipped cabin used parts from several British makers, meaning switchgear was instantly familiar to most buyers. But with a stiff chassis, lightweight glassfiber bodywork and a choice of powerful Ford V6 engines, the Reliant was also incredibly sporty and could cruise all day at speeds in excess of 100mph (160km/h). The car gained Royal approval from Britain's Princess Anne, who was famously a keen advocate of the model. In 1986 Reliant stopped production and sold the rights to a firm which then went bankrupt, but the possibility of new Scimitars becoming available remains.

Reliant Scimitar Specifications

Top speed:120 mph (194 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.8 sec
Engine type:V6
Displacement:183 ci (2,994 cc)
Transmission:4-speed man/3-speed auto
Max power:146 bhp (109 kW) at 5,000 rpm
Max torque:172 lb ft (233 Nm) at 3,000 rpm
Weight:2,554 lb (1,149 kg)
Economy:23 mpg (8.2 km/I)
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