We all have heard about a nine-speed dual-clutch and even 10-speed automatic transmission, but what we say that 11-speed triple-clutch gearbox is about to make its way soon? Yes, Japanese automaker Honda has filed a patent for a new 11-speed triple clutch gearbox in the Japan Patent Office. The new triple-clutch gearbox is expected to reduce shift time and will be more efficient.
Though, the patent has been filed, but it’s still unclear as to when the company will bring the technology in production. It was filed in the end of May, giving credit to the inventor of the mechanism, Izumi Masao. The design of the transmission comprises of a third clutch, used to decrease the loss of torque during gearshift, this issue at times occurs in dual-clutch gearbox, and will also reduce the shift time.
A source at Honda told Autocar UK, “Honda has patented a new triple-clutch, 11-speed transmission system. However, we’re unable to confirm the plans of its use. We have both the new Civic and new CR-V coming soon, but as it’s only just been patented, it’s very unlikely it’ll be on any batch of cars for a while.”
Currently, Honda uses single-speed CVT (continuously variable transmissions) for its small cars, which suited for smaller cars being fragile. As the new transmission system has been designed to return increased efficiency, it could be used in small cars.
As of now, Chevrolet and Ford have a 10-speed gearbox, that is offered in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford F150, expected to go on sale next year. it is also rumoured that Ford is also working on an 11-speed gearbox.