...you do realise that all heavy tank AOE was recently (as in two weeks ago) completely changed? Their one shot kill radius was reduced but their health damage radius was increased, along with an increase in the chance to hit squads, so that they will deal more consistent damage to infantry instead of being RNG wipe-or-miss fests.
The Tiger II got pretty much the best AOE out of those changes, as shown above, although it's only slightly ahead of the IS-2 and Pershing.
Why do you insist the rate of fire is shitty? The reload is really good for the damage it does compared to most/all other vehicles. 6.25s is a really good reload. A Panzer IV has (160dmg) has 5.75s. The Pershing (160dmg) has 6.75s. The IS-2 (160dmg) has 6.65s. The Tiger has (160dmg) has 5.25s.
There is absolutely no reason to think the Tiger II's reload is "shitty". It's above most other heavy tanks, only second to the Tiger I by 1s, but it deals 50% more damage per shot. The only downside to its reload is that it doesn't get a veterancy reload bonus until vet 5 while most other tanks get it at vet 3.
I have to agree about this part. The Kt seems pretty good against infantry and at guns.
In general i think a tank needs 3 things to perform good. a, firepower (dpm and range), b, the ability to tank (Hp and armor) and mobility.
a,The firepower of the Kt vs infantry is pretty good. The range is enough to zone infantry quite effective. The range is mediocre vs tanks (in combination with the speed). The dmg is neat, doesnt really matter vs targets below 800 Hp though. The penetration is pretty bad for such a costly unit. I can understand that this gets on a problematic lvl with heat shells. His reaload is pretty good too.
b, His ability to tank/soak dmg is great. The stats seem pretty good on their on (without looking at range and speed).
c, This is the greatest problem. Without the speed from his vet 3 ability it cant really chase tanks down. I understand that its survivability gets balanced through this. Jackson and su85 can fight a kt pretty effective and kite him cause of the speed advantage. Ofc a tank destroyer should counter an heavy tank, but maybe the pen vet boni is too good.
some other points: its easier to get a pershing tiger ace or tiger 1 than a kt. so its easier to rush this vehicles in 2vs2/ 1vs1. The king tiger would probably work better in a doc and bound to t4.
My conclusion: I would nerf the dmg back to 160 or 200 and adjust his anti infantry to the current lvl and buff his penetration to ~250-270. He wont fight 640hp td anyway, so the penetration helps vs heavy tanks. Maybe buff his range to 50 and/or buff his speed. His acceleration can stay the same. At the moment i would rather go for a fast command tiger on narrow maps or a p4 into jagdtiger on maps like rails and metal. The cost and time invested to get the first kt just seems off compared to pershing, command tiger and is2. Maybe a cost reduction could work too.