Honda has filed a patent application in Japan for an 11-speed automatic transmission, possibly the auto industry’s first-ever.
Uncovered by AutoGuide, the application shows the 11-speed transmission in question to be essentially an evolution of a dual-clutch automatic transmission that uses a third clutch to reduce torque loss.
It stated “the gearbox allows speed change to be more effectively restricted and a speed change response to be increased.”
In other words, Honda’s triple-clutch transmission will shift faster than a dual-clutch, providing quicker acceleration times and better fuel efficiency.
Honda hasn’t made anything offecial, so we don’t know when the 11-speed will arrive and which model(s) it will power.
Often times, automakers apply for patents on a regular basis with no intention of using them in the near future, so there is no gurantee the transmission will ever make the transition to production.
Ford has also patented several 11-speed automatic gearboxes, so Honda will have to act fast if it wants to be the first to market with an 11-speed.