Nitro
Website: Six Flags Great Adventure Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.6708
TPC Overall Rank: #19 out of 2899 rides.
Reviews: 180
Last Review: 6/28/2012 1:07:00 PM
In User Top 10: 278 times.
User Tracker Count: 294 times.
 

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5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up praxis on 8/14/2005 7:41:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
Wow. Nitro is very similar to Superman: Ride of Steel at SFNE, but I think it may be a little bit better. Supes has more air time on the secondary hills, but Nitro has a more imaginative layout. After a huge first drop, it goes through all kinds of maneuvers. Particularly good is an uphill turn when youre almost parallel to the ground before dropping again. Like Medusa, it slows partway through, then re-speeds up for the bunny hills. Bonus: It feels very scary because there is no "car", no OTSRs, and no seat belts. Just a kind of wedge that jams up around your waist, and it can look kinda tenuous. (Hows this for adding to the scare factor: One guy lost hold of, I think, a water bottle when riding and it went flying off to the side. Everyone aboard gasped at that.) Extra bonus: at night its mostly dark; the running lights on the main hill add a nice touch, especially on humid nights when the mist gives the lights a halo effect. Very, very fun. Must ride.

4 Rating
+4 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Timberman on 8/10/2005 8:19:00 PM
"Nitro" has become my shorthand for the path modern roller coasters are taking away from the rough and tumble lumber heaps of yore to the towering steel giants, smoother than egg whites on polished marble, that anchor many themeparks today. Personally, I dont welcome this trend, but I will try to rate Nitro on its own merits, rather than treating it as yet another nail in the coffin of the traditional roller coaster experience.

Judged in isolation, this ride is hopelessly enjoyable. My biggest complaint is with its Fisher-Price my-first-roller-coaster aesthetic (big, bulky, brightly-colored, kind of synthetic-looking). The ride quality, however, has to be experienced to be believed; it is a reminder that while humanity still remains, on many levels, little more than a collection of shaved apes, it is also capable of manipulating the world around it in amazing ways. This is as close as were likely to get to capturing the feeling of a magic carpet: smooth, swoopy, open, quiet. Ride Nitro at night, and you will feel like youre flying. I hate to lapse into cliches like that, but trust me, its an accurate description.

Yet while most hypers these days are fast and smooth, Nitro ups the ante with a layout that deftly exploits its strengths. The first hill may not be the steepest in absolute terms, but its profiling creates a rarely equaled impression of steepness. Viewed from the front seat of the comfy trains with the relatively minimalist clam-shell restraints, the first drop actually seems to bow inward. Hill number two gracefully transitions into the second act, which goes soaring through the woods over a couple of mammoth hills and through the sort of heeling, overbanked turnaround that is a now a staple on these types of coasters. The ride then enters an upward helix, and for the first time, its passengers are treated to a hint of intensity from the mild positive Gs. After the obligatory brake block, Nitro brings it home over a series of bunny hops (although that term is perhaps misleading on a coaster of this size) which briefly offer some mild weightlessness. What airtime exists on this coaster strikes me more as a gentle manipulation of gravity. At times you will feel heavier (as in the helix) and at times you will seem momentarily to float. What you will not feel is launched sharply in one direction or another.

Now comes the difficult part: summing up the Nitro experience. Subjectively, I view Nitro as TOO refined for my personal tastes, like a magazine model whose characterizing features are treated as blemishes and airbrushed away. Nitros most recognizable trait is, in fact, an overall sublimity that I find strangely alienating. If it were a record, I would say it was overproduced. I like to feel some heart, a little grit, in my roller coasters. Nitro, however, seems to exist above the fray. It will treat you to quite a show, but its a notably passive experience. Your eyes water from the wind and your hair gets a bit mussed, but otherise, youre as serene and comfortable as a first class passenger on a jumbo jet cruising calm skies.

Yet this, of course, is among the keys to Nitros popularity. Whatever else I say about Nitro, the handwriting is on the wall: this is the roller coaster for the modern park-goer. Whether that makes it something worth celebrating is, for this critic at least, still up for debate.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up homeboy on 7/29/2005 12:27:00 AM
This is also a ride with a super fast line. The line was all the way out of the nitro sign and i still got on in about 30 minutes. The first drop makes it feel like you are coming right out of your seat and the brakes are amazing. when you think the ride is over you do a few more drops

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PeterD on 7/22/2005 4:40:00 PM - User's Top Ride #3
This ride delivers everything that you can ask for in a hyper coaster. Every drop just seems to give your stomach that hollow/sinking feeling while every hill gives you some much desired airtime. The first drop of this mammoth is one of the best. Although it is clearly not vertical, it almost becomes impossible to tell otherwise as your falling down to earth staring at the track below. These lead into two airtime-packed hills (one with a twisted drop) and bring you through the hammerhead. This provides some great G’s, but those pale in comparison to the helix awaiting you. After two more hills you have the privilege of getting pinned to the back of your seat as tear droplets form in your eyes. I have yet to discover a more intense helix. After a mid-course break following the helix, an endless barrage of hills begins – each delivering its own douse of airtime. The clam restraints make this ride complete as you are able to freely float over every hill. A day at Great Adventure is not complete without Nitro!

4 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up LoraMora on 7/4/2005 10:14:00 AM - User's Top Ride #19
This is my favorite ride at Six flags (not counting the Kingda Ka because Ive never ridden it yet). Really smooth and Best ride in the front. A real big rush.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Fore91 on 6/11/2005 6:10:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
This was everything that I hoped for and more when I first got on the the ride. I had already ridden AC and really didnt expect Nitro to be better. It wasnt IMO, but came much closer than I expected. The best part of the ride is the drop. It is the best drop I have ever experienced. It felt as if the floor dropped right out from under you and that it wouldnt ever stop. Unfortunately, it did, but not without an encore. Every drop, every crest of every hill, was an experience. AC had airtime like crazy and is what gives it the upper hand over nitro, but the thing I liked about nitro was the consistency. The airtime that it had was perfect. It wasnt ejector air, but a more gentile floater air of sorts. I really liked how even the last drop was intense. I guess you could say it was good to the last drop.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up HeavyGear9 on 6/9/2005 8:30:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
This ride blew me away. I already rode it and then i just rode it again this past weekend and it still surpirsed me! The first drop was awsome i really dont know how else to describe it, it was just awsome! The bunny hops at the end make you feel like you are gonna fly out of your seat. This is definently i must ride ride. O and by the way, with the adition of kingda ka their will never be a long wait for this line between 10 and 12 oclock. I got to ride it twice in a row with a one train wait on each because everyone goes to Kingda Ka first. then around 12 when i was leavin because i already rode 5 rides there still was only like a 20 minute wait. A MUST RIDE COASTER!!! update- i just rode this ride last night in the back! it was so dark back in the woods and it makes it pretty neat. You get blinded by the photo then when u can "see" again your goin through the hammerhead right near the trees. It was so much fun. It was kinda scary because right before we dropped over the first hill there was lightning in the backround. It was still fun and everybody must ride this ride at night.

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up OuTbReAk25 on 6/8/2005 2:00:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
Airtime crazyness. Very tall. Nuff said.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up j.reed on 5/31/2005 2:39:00 AM - User's Top Ride #1
Awesome ride, great drops, cool view from the overbanked turn. GREAT seats.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SLFAKE on 5/27/2005 8:26:00 AM
Great First drop, great feeling of speed, great feeling of air on the hills after that. The floating air on the bunny hops... really BIG Bunny hops... after the block break is really great.

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