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Rank the Intamin Launch Coasters

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What is the best Intamin Launch?

  1. Maverick - Blitz

    14 vote(s)
    29.8%
  2. Storm Runner - Hydraulic

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  3. Taron - Blitz

    24 vote(s)
    51.1%
  4. ISpeed - Blitz

    1 vote(s)
    2.1%
  5. Top Thrill Dragster - Hydraulic

    1 vote(s)
    2.1%
  6. Cheetah Hunt - Blitz

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Formula Rossa - Hydraulic

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Furius Baco - Hydraulic

    1 vote(s)
    2.1%
  9. King Da Ka - Hydraulic

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Nefeskesen - Hydraulic

    1 vote(s)
    2.1%
  11. Red Fire - Hydraulic

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Red Force - LSM

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  13. SkyCar - Blitz

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Speed Monster - Hydraulic

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. Rita/Dessert Race - Hydraulic

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Stealth - Hydraulic

    1 vote(s)
    2.1%
  17. Impulse Coasters - LSM

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. Superman Escape From Kyrpton - LSM

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  19. Superman Escape - Hydraulic

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  20. Tower of Terror 2 - Reverse Free Fall Coaster

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  21. Turbo Track - Reverse Free Fall Coaster

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  22. Volcano The Blast Coaster - LSM

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  23. Wave Runner - Launched Water Coaster

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  24. Xcelerator - Hydraulic

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  25. Zaturn - Hydraulic

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. b&mfanboy123

    b&mfanboy123 New Member

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    sorry if there is another poll like this.

    THIS POLL INCLUDES BLITZ AND HYDRALIC!
    Also you dont have to rank all.
     
  2. Matt N

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    Out of the ones I've ridden, I'd probably rank them like:
    1. Stealth (Thorpe Park)
    2. Cheetah Hunt (Busch Gardens Tampa)
    3. Rita (Alton Towers)
    So for that reason, I voted Stealth in the poll. It's probably not the best overall, though; if you ask me, anyway!
     
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    I have a weakness for a good launch, which is why most of these lie high on my favourites (yes, even Rita)

    1. Taron - Intense, forceful, fast, lengthy, beautiful theming. Phenomenal coaster
    2. iSpeed - Just that little bit more intense, but let down by the restraints
    3. Red Force - Sometimes big, tall and fast is all you need
    4. Stealth - Punchy
    5. Rita - I'll always stand up for Rita. Lots of good airtime and a great launch
    6. Desert Race - Of the two clones, the worse. Still love it though
    7. Furius Baco - I had the benefit of riding in the "Good seat" yet it still kinda does nothing
    8. Kanonen - The only one I was ever 'meh' on. Just a bit uncomfortable and had a weak launch
     
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    1. Red Force
    2. Formula Rossa (incredible launch, the rest of the ride is just something to endure)
    3. Stealth
    4. Furius Baco
    5. Speed Monster (love that "Norwegian loop")
    6. Rita
    7. Desert Race
    8. Superman Escape from Krypton (so gentle)
    9. Turbo Track (good use of space but ridiculously short)

    Helix is better than any of these. I got spited by Kanonen :-(.
     
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    1. Top Thrill Dragster. Because 120mph + 420ft + lapbars = Awesome! The ultimate 1-trick pony.
    2. Taron. Night time ERT on this bad boy is an experience to cherish.
    3. Kingda Ka. It might be rough, green and theme-less, but my God - it's still terrifyingly tall and fast.
    4. Volcano: The Blast Coaster. Very underrated coaster this, but I think it's an absolute blast.
    5. Maverick. Slightly overrated by most I feel, it's a bit of a mish-mash of concepts, but it does have a couple of outstanding moments.
    6 & 7. The Impulse Coasters - Wicked Twister and V2: Vertical Velocity. I really liked these - 5 launches per ride? What's not to love??
    8. Stealth. Another 1-trick pony but, like TTD, it just does it so well.
    9. Furious Baco. Hmm. Potentially great ride ruined by awkward seating position and a couple of horrendous transitions.
    10. Xcelerator. Technically this should rank higher than Stealth due to its extra track length, but somehow it just doesn't work as well. Doesn't have the right 'vibe', but still not bad.
    11 & 12. Desert Rita. Can't decide between the 2 clones. Good launches, but both a bit 'meh' thereafter.
    13. Kanonen. Meh.
    14. Superman: Esacape from Krypton. (Spite).
     
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    1. Maverick - Yaaaaas
    2. Top Thrill Dragster - Best launch in the US
    3. Storm Runner - Flying Snake Dives should have become a thing
    4. Kingda Ka - Not a great launch but it sure is big
    5. Xcelerator - Lap Bars yay!
    6. Furius Baco - Wing setup, why? Still great launch tho
    7. California Screamin' - I wouldn't call this incredible, but it's better than that other thing
    8. Volcano Blast Coaster - Man, that's a lot of wasted potential
    9. Stealth - No lap bars? Meh
    10. Cheetah Hunt - Boring but that part on the water was fun
    11. Wicked Twister - I got a lil nauseous on it last time, so it's down here
    12. Superman Krypton - Forceless, horrid launch, just kind of a waste really
     
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    1. Maverick - Fantastic mix of elements. Excellent airtime, awesome launch, snappy transitions.
    2. Top Thrill Dragster - Everything here works. Great setting, smooth and comfortable, and the best launch ever.
    3. Storm Runner - Great accelerator that actually does stuff after the top hat. Inversions are great although the final s-bend isn't.
    4. Stealth - Mini strata coaster and it's awesome. Launch itself is my second favorite, airtime hill is sweet, and OTSRs weren't a problem.
    5. Wicked Twister - Honestly more fun than it probably should've been. There's some good floater up in the vertical spikes.
    6. Cheetah Hunt - Solid ride but poor pacing. The launches are fun as are the middle portion with the s bends, but has too many large and gentle hills.
    7. Rita - Fun launch of course and there's some okay airtime but the forces are bad and the OTSRs can be nasty.
    8. Kingda Ka - Revolting
     
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  8. GuyWithAStick

    GuyWithAStick Captain Basic Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    1) Maverick: Great all around ride. Intense, fast, it's got nice airtime, and is quite long. Will admit my last ride wasn't the best, and wasn't a fan of the restraints.
    2) TTD: Took my breath away. It's short, but does what it does the absolute best it could.
    3) Storm Runner: Meh. Didn't appeal to my very much. Kinda bumpy and could've been a tad longer. I rode these with the old restraints, so maybe the new ones make it that much better.
    4) Impulses: Good fun. The initial launch is good, and the back spike can have some nice floater. Other than that it gets a bit repetitive.
    5) Avatar Airbender: Kinda forgot about this one. Did it and forgot about it. Wasn't really sure to include this one or not.
     
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    1. Maverick - Blitz
    2. Top Thrill Dragster - Hydraulic
    3. Storm Runner - Hydraulic
    4. Volcano The Blast Coaster - LSM
    5. Kingda Ka - Hydraulic
    6. Impulse Coasters - LSM
    7. Superman Escape From Krypton - LSM

    Mavvy is still my favorite of the bunch that I've been on. TTD still holds a place in my heart even though I've ridden it for 15 years. Storm Runner is still as sexy as can be even though it has fallen out of favor due to my love for airtime. Same with Volcano due to how unique it is.
     
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    I think this poll is very different depending on whether you've experienced the US launched Intamins or the European ones.
    It doesn't seem like Maverick has much to compete with in the USA in terms of layout...
     
  11. JoshC.

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    1) Taron - duh.
    2) Rita - I actually have a really soft spot for this. It is like a mini Taron on some ways, albeit nowhere near as good. Shame about the restraints.
    3) Stealth - launch is decent, but the layout does nothing for me.
     
  12. Snoo

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    You're right. Many of those stateside haven't been across the pond on most of those launchers and, while the ratio is certainly higher for europeans visiting CP, the numbers are fairly comparable. That being said, Maverick is still a great ride even compared to those in the European theater from those who've been.
     
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    I was trying to see lists from users that have been on both European and US launched coasters but there aren't many in this thread (yet).
    Agreed though that Maverick looks great - I'd just love to see how it stacks up vs Europe's best.
     
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    I'm willing to bet most will love Taron will win from those who've been on both tbh. It does what Maverick does but is bigger, longer, and newer with MUCH better theming. I'm willing to bet I'd be in that boat as well if I rode it. My boy @pkiknex25 is one of my few close friends who has been on both and he easily picked Taron.
     
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    Erm... helloooo! Member who's been on both, right here! :)
    Yeah, overall the US wins (as it does with most coaster-related comparisons), I definitely prefer the selection of Intamin launchers Stateside, but Taron is kinda like Europe's trump card. It literally destroys Maverick, that's for sure.
     
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    Thank god for Taron here then haha. Europe seems to have more complex layouts, but I guess the USA launched Intaimns are bigger (and in this case better).
    @Snoo I'll ride Maverick one day and let you know if I prefer it over Taron and you can do the same for Taron :emoji_eyes:
     
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    1. Taron - The obvious number one out of the small selection I've ridden. I rode this over and over without leaving my seat on one of the Winter hotel ERTs and I couldn't get enough. It's smooth, comfortable and re-rideable while still feeling intense which Intamin haven't nailed with many of their other launches.
    2. Stealth - This has the best launch by far so earns a high spot on the list. If you catch it near the front on a good day you get some really intense airtime leading into the crest of the hill which lasts all the way down. It's a great sensation while 60m in the air. Most of the time there's barely any airtime though.
    3. iSpeed - Rode this back row first thing in the morning and I was disappointed. It moves forward slowly before it launches so the initial kick is nothing compared to the cable ones and I didn't find the hills to have much air. Then I rode it nearer the front later in the afternoon and it clicked with me, this isn't a ride about launches or airtime, it's about those nasty transitions and that absurdly fast barrel roll halfway round. Up until the MCBR iSpeed holds up the pacing so well and nearer the front there were some very abrupt moments of ejector. It's not the most comfortable rides but I can't think of many other coasters that feel as wild and out of control.
    4. Cheetah Hunt - I love long coasters and this has a great variety of elements. If this had Taron style lap bars I'd probably prefer it to iSpeed.
    5. Kanonen - Really underrated. Even though the top speed is low the launch is punchier than the LSM coasters I've ridden and the layout has some nice direction changes and little pops of airtime. The drawn out in-line twist at the end ruins it a bit though.
    6. V2 Vertical Velocity (SFDK) - Feels more like a flat ride but I really enjoyed this. I love the feeling you get while going up the back spike and if you're sitting in the row which stops upside down on the forward section then it feels quite trippy. I'm a big fan of rides that have a completely different experience depending on where you sit so I had a blast re-riding this in different seats.
    7. Rita - This used to be my least favourite Towers coaster but each time I visit I appreciate it a little more. The launch is fairly good and there's some alright airtime on the first hill. Rest of the coaster doesn't do much and I think it's really ugly how the whole thing is above the footpaths. It's like someone was placing a saved layout in on RCT then raised the whole thing a few metres before clicking construct. Just looks wrong.
    8. Furious Baco - Great launch but the rest is a chore. I like the wing seating but it's negated by having to figure out the exact position to have my head in so it's not smashing against the harness.

    Annoyingly I could have had Dreamworlds Tower of Terror 2 on the list but I was ten and pussied out.
     
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  18. SilverArrow

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    So I've voted for Taron as it's my number one but for launch alone probably top thrill?
    General order for things:

    Taron
    Maverick
    Top Thrill Dragster
    Storm Runner
    Kingda Ka
    Red Force
    Cheetah Hunt (really like this cred though, think it's underrated)
    Desert Race/Rita/Stealth
    Furius Baco
    Impulses? Not sure they fit with the list but they're decent for what they are)
     
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    I prefer Maverick to Taron.... I think I just prefer the more varied layout; the fact it can have a great drop, launch, inversions and airtime hills all-thrown in. Plus, I find the transitions to be more aggressive on Maverick tbh. Both come even more alive at night, that’s for sure, but I still prefer Mav :eek:

    Maverick
    Taron
    iSpeed
    Storm Runner
    Xcelerator
    Top Thrill Dragster
    Stealth
    Red Force
    Juvelen
    Tornado (Bakken)
    Volcano - The Blast Coaster
    Speed Monster
    Impulse Coasters
    California Screamin’
    Kanonen
    Desert Race
    Cheetah Hunt
    Rita
    Superman: Escape from Krypton
    Kingda Ka
    Furious Baco

    The bottom two are absolute tripe.
     
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    Taron
    iSpeed
    Superman Escape
    Formula Rossa
    Stealth
    Turbo Track
    Rita
    Mick Doohan's Motocoaster
    Furius Baco
    Tower of Terror II
    Superman: Escape from Krypton

    There's a few fantastic coasters in there, but on average they're surprisingly :emoji_poop:. The bottom three are some of the worst coasters I've done, urgh...
     
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