Pz.Kpfw. IV hydrostat.

The Pz.Kpfw. IV hydrostat. is a German tier 5 premium medium tank.

The development of vehicles incorporating rear-placed hydrostatic drive started in Germany in July 1944. The chassis of the Pz. IV Ausf. G was used for the related trials. The first prototype was manufactured at the end of October 1944. Only one vehicle was produced.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

Great hull traverse speed
Accurate gun with good ROF
Preferential matchmaking (tier 6 max, no tier 7 battles)
Excellent gun depression of -10 degrees
Very Rare

Cons:

Thin armor (Prone to H.E. damage)
Weak engine (Still decent acceleration on flat ground)
Poor acceleration going up hills
Long aim time (2.3 seconds) but still acceptable

Performance

Those who have played the PZ. IV H for a good amount of time will immediately notice that this tank plays quite differently, especially if one is used to using the 105mm Derp gun on the PZ. IV H. The Hydrostat has only 50mm of frontal armor on the hull, and as such is much more prone to being penetrated, even by lower tier guns. It also tends to suffer from tier 5 derp guns, particularly those mounted on the M4, PZ. IV H, and KV-1. Although it has a rather weak engine, it is still quite mobile- with 40 deg/sec of hull traverse and often being able to cruise at the mid forties in a straight line, it is far from a slow tank. It is quite capable of flanking maneuvers, but in a head-on fight it will fall to pieces very quickly. It is also adept at counter-flanking tactics- combining the 40 deg/sec hull traverse and 44 deg/sec of the turret, this tank can effectively counter any circle-strafers it may come across. The gun is good, with decent accuracy and ROF, but the penetration will struggle against heavier armored tanks, and you may need to call on APCR ammunition to deal with them.