It's tough to be a V-6 in a V-12 world.
Acura's self-proclaimed supercar, the NSX, will fade into oblivion at year end. The unofficial cause of death: cylinder envy.
Acura blamed the sports car's demise on the extensive retooling that would have been required to meet 2006 emissions and safety regulations in the United States, Europe and Asia.
The bottom line, though, was sales. Since the NSX debuted in 1990, just over 18,000 have been sold worldwide. Last year in the United States, 178 were sold.
In the high-priced world of supercars, it was simply outmuscled.
While the automotive press has praised the NSX's performance, it was difficult to sell the 290-hp V-6 vehicle - with its sticker price of nearly $90,000 - in a world increasingly populated by monster V-8, V-10 and V-12 engines. Today's marketplace - especially when the word "supercar" is thrown in - equates performance with cylinders.