Apparently the main "flaw" was that it was believed in May 1942 that its turret would not be ready for production by the end of that year. The special commission identified other benefits of the MAN over the DB design, but this appears to only serve to justify the decision taken because of the impetus to have the Panther at the front for the anticipated 1943 spring offensive.stg 44 wrote:Developing something like the 'Mehrzweckpanzer' or just replacing both the Pz III and IV with a VK2001 development that Daimler had under development and would have been ready FAR sooner than any version of the Panther or T-34 knockoff was far more useful to the German war effort than the flawed DB VK3002.
From Jentz "Germany's Panther tank": In what way was the DB VK3002 flawed, or rather, flawed beyond the MAN design that won the competition? External leaf springs and a diesel engine were not flaws. The Jagdpanzer 38D design of the fall of 1944 had those...
The isolated motor compartment - oh pleeeeeease!