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Honda Patents 11-Speed Transmission With 3 Clutches

Honda has filed a patent with the Japan Patent Office for a new transmission that has 11 forward gears and three clutches. This is an unprecedented number of gears and clutches — the rest of us were stuck somewhere around nine gears and two clutches — and its likely goal is to improve gas mileage. See the Honda models for sale near you

The patent, uncovered by AutoGuide, describes exactly how the 3-clutch setup will work, with the third clutch acting to counteract the torque drop that comes with a dual-clutch transmission’s upshifts. Honda says the result will be better gas mileage and even quicker upshifts than a standard dual-clutch. The automaker has not yet announced what vehicle will use the transmission, but given that its aim seems to be improving fuel economy, it could find its way into a small car (like the Fit) or a midsize sedan (like the Accord).

Although there aren’t any other 11-speed transmissions on the market, they’re coming. Ford also recently filed a patent for an 11-speed transmission, which would top the 10-speed transmission on the upcoming F-150 Raptor. And many automakers have already gone to 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions in an effort to improve gas mileage and boost acceleration. Find a Honda for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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5 COMMENTS

  1. As long as it’s a dual clutch or better transmission, more gears are probably ok. Chrysler traditional 8 gear slushboxes seem to never be in the right gear, and take so long to get to there that it feels like half the time between intersections is spent shifting gears. 

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