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Supertest: BZ-176 – Significant Changes in Third & Fourth ST Iterations

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The VIII 🇨🇳 :HTelite:BZ-176 (tier 8 premium Chinese heavy tank, with rocket booster mechanics) has received some significant changes since last.

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1. BZ-176 Changes in Update 1.18.1 Release Files

To start off with a relatively-minor change — in the Update 1.18.1 release files, the vehicle’s gun depression was nerfed slightly:

Firepower:

  • Gun depression: from -11 to:arrow_nerf:-10 deg

2. BZ-176 Changes in Third Supertest Iteration

However, some much more significant changes arrived for the vehicle in its third iteration on Supertest, including a complete overhaul of the gun, which now features a more “standard” shell loadout (:AP:AP/:HEAT_prem:HEAT/:HE:HE), along with a nerf to the vehicle’s top speed while using its rocket boosters:

Mobility:

  • Max. forward speed while boosting: from 52.5 to:arrow_nerf:40 kph

Firepower:

  • Dispersion spread from movement (max.): from 0.20 (6.00, 10.50 while boosting) to 0.20 (6.00,:arrow_buff:9.00 while boosting)

New gun parameters:

Standard Shell: :AP:AP

  • Armor penetration of :AP:AP shell: 230 mm
  • Armor penetration of :AP:AP shell at 500m: 218 mm
  • :AP:AP shell velocity: 900 m/s
  • :AP:AP shell damage: 650
  • Average damage per minute with :AP:AP shells: 1,627
  • Damage to modules: 203
  • :AP:AP shell cost: :credits:1,740

Special Shell: :HEAT_prem:HEAT

  • Armor penetration of :HEAT_prem:HEAT shell: 290 mm
  • :HEAT_prem:HEAT shell velocity: 550 m/s
  • :HEAT_prem:HEAT shell damage: 650
  • Average damage per minute with :HEAT_prem:HEAT shells: 1,627
  • Damage to modules: 203
  • :HEAT_prem:HEAT shell cost: :credits:7,200

:HE: HE Shell

  • Armor penetration of :HE:HE shell: 75 mm
  • :HE:HE shell velocity: 550 m/s
  • :HE:HE shell damage: 1,100
  • Average damage per minute with :HE:HE shells: 2,754
  • Damage to modules: 200
  • Damage radius of :HE:HE shell: 3.66 m
  • :HE:HE shell cost: :credits:1,450

3. BZ-176 Changes in Third Supertest Iteration

And finally (for the time being), very shortly after the previous two sets of changes were released onto Supertest, the vehicle received a fourth iteration of balance tweaks (all nerfs):

Firepower:

  • Dispersion from movement (max.): from 0.20 (6.00, 9.00 while boosting) to:arrow_nerf:0.25 (7.50, 11.25 while boosting)
  • Dispersion from turning the chassis (max.): from 0.20 (6.05, 0.91 while boosting) to:arrow_nerf:0.25 (7.56, 1.13 while boosting)
  • Aiming time: from 2.88 to:arrow_nerf:3.07 s
  • Accuracy at 100 m: from 0.38 to:arrow_nerf:0.40
  • Armor penetration of :AP:AP shell: from 230 to:arrow_nerf:208 mm
  • Armor penetration of :AP:AP shell at 500m: from 218 to:arrow_nerf:188 mm

All of the above changes reflect on the vehicle’s overall characteristics as follows:

All characteristics are with a crew trained to 100% and subject to change before the final release.

Changes since the previous post are highlighted in bold.

Modules
Suspension
Turret
Gun
Engine
Radio

vehicleChassis

vehicleTurret

vehicleGun

vehicleEngine

vehicleRadio

BZ-176BZ-176160 mm 56-160 BZSMTU 8V 331A-220
Firepower
Average Damage per Shot (HP):AP:650/:HEAT_prem:650:HE:1100
Average Penetration (mm):AP:208/:HEAT_prem:290/:HE:75
Rate of Fire (rounds/min)2.50
Reload Time (s)23.97
Gun Traverse Speed  (deg/s)30.25
Gun Depression/Elevation Angles  (deg):arrow_nerf:-10/20
Aiming Time (s):arrow_nerf:3.07
Dispersion at 100 m (m):arrow_nerf:0.40
Average Damage per Minute  (HP/min)1,627
Survivability
Hit Points (HP)1,550
Hull Armour (front/sides/rear mm)240/152/60
Turret Armour (front/sides/rear mm)240/152/60
Suspension Repair Time (s)12.03
Mobility
Weight/Load Limit (t)57.1/60.00
Engine Power (h.p.)600
Engine Power (With Boosters) (h.p.)1,500
Specific Power (h.p./t, standard/special mode)13.85/26.27
Top Speed/Reverse Speed (km/h)30/-15
Top Speed/Reverse Speed (With Boosters) (km/h):arrow_nerf:40/-1
Traverse Speed (deg/s)30.25
Jet Boosters (number/duration)4/10
Concealment
Concealment of Stationary Vehicle (%)6.73/1.01
Concealment of Moving  Vehicle (%)3.36/0.50
Spotting
View Range (m)380
Signal Range (m)600
Firepower Hidden Stats
Dispersion moving (+):arrow_nerf:0.25
Dispersion on tank traverse (+):arrow_nerf:0.25
Dispersion on turret traverse (+)0.20
Dispersion after firing (+)4
Shell Velocity (m/s):AP:900/:HEAT_prem:550/:arrow_buff::HE:550
Mobility Hidden Stats
Hard Terrain Resistance0.96
Medium Terrain Resistance1.05
Soft  Terrain Resistance2.11
Hard Terrain Traverse (deg/s)28.73
Medium Terrain Traverse (deg/s)26.12
Soft Terrain Traverse (deg/s)13.06
It appears Wargaming is paying very close attention to this vehicle’s performance on supertest right now, likely in preparation for its release as part of this year’s Large Holiday Boxes (as is tradition for headline premiums around this time of year) — however, note that the vehicle’s release has not been confirmed officially at this time. Stay tuned for further changes, as well as confirmation on how/where the vehicle will be released!