Honda Working on 11-Speed Tri-Clutch Gearbox

The latest news from Honda is that the Japanese automaker is working on a new transmission. The Japanese car company has filed for the patent of an 11-speed transmission with 3-clutues. And Honda is doing all of this in the name of fuel efficiency. It’s not something new, though. Car companies have been making transmissions with as many gears in them as possible, in a mission to achieve the best possible fuel efficiency. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 comes equipped with a 10-speed auto transmission.

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Just last year, Ford applied for a patent for its 11-speed gearbox. Honda will be the second in line. But the interesting part about Honda’s transmission is that it will have not one, not two, but three clutches. Dual-clutch gearboxes are therefore the last generation now.

It is not clear that what will be the application for the new transmission, but according to a careful guestimate, the new gearbox might make its way into Honda’s new and upcoming super-efficient Honda Fit and Fit Hybrid. But if the gearbox is strong enough to support an application in a larger vehicle, it might end up in upcoming Insight and Pilot models. Who knows, maybe one day, a similar transmission will be available as an option in your next Honda Civic as well.

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