You may have to ask yourself: When was five forward gears and one clutch not enough for a car?
Since the advent of dual-clutch transmissions and automatics that go beyond six gears, manufacturers have come up with 7-speed dual clutches and even 10-speed automatics in the quest of maximizing a car’s engine speed. Now however, it appears a patent filed by Honda last May may take things up a notch for everyone; Supposedly this patent will be for an 11-speed, triple clutch transmission.
According to a document filed in the Japanese Patent Office, the mechanism features three clutches that will allow the transmission to further reduce the torque removal of existing dual-clutch setups. A quick translation from Japanese shows that the gearbox will allow “speed change to be more effectively restricted and a speed change response to be increased.”
The actual patent application was published at the end of May this year and belongs to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. And Izumi Masao is credited as its inventor.
While this may likely go into development, it could be merely a move by Honda to protect any future ideas. That said, this transmission may or may not be featured in Honda’s future models. Currently, the 2016 Honda Pilot and all-new Acura NSX are the only models available with a 9-speed dual clutch gearbox.