Saturday, November 12, 2016

11-Speed Multi-Clutch Transmission from Honda

Honda's Transmission
Every driver in the last three generations knows that the transmissions of choice were either the four-speed automatic or the five-speed manual. That has been the industry standard since anybody can remember.

However, over the past couple of years, the number of gears in transmissions have skyrocketed. And Honda has taken the madness to a whole new level with a patent for an 11-speed multi-clutch transmission, the Automotive News' Naoto Okamura reported.

In addition to 11 gears, the patent also calls for three clutches — one more than the industry standard for this type of transmission.

According to the publication, Honda filed the patent in December of 2014, but its existence was only recently made public.

While the four- and five-speed transmissions offered solid, reliable performance, automakers have turned to higher gear counts as a strategy to achieve greater fuel economy without sacrificing potent acceleration.

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