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Coaster Competition: Nitro vs. Apollo’s Chariot vs. Diamondback

June 9, 2012

Coaster Competitions are pretty much the same as the Coaster Critic’s Coaster Showdowns (I get a lot of ideas from his site). I will compare and contrast two coasters that are alike in one way or another. This is a special post because I am putting three coasters up against each other instead of the usual two. They are all B&M Hypers, Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Diamondback at King’s Island. They are all excellent coasters. Because of the greater number of rides there will be four categories instead of three.


Nitro has the same sort of theming as Millennium Force, there is electronic music and lots of metal. Apollo’s Chariot is themed to the Roman god of the sun so there are lots of vines, there is also a tent that you fly through after the second drop. Diamondback has a western theming, the station looks like it is made of wood and signs that tell you not to disturb snakes. The winner here is Diamondback.


Nitro’s begins in the back of the park. Pretty much the lift is the only thing you can see from the park, the rest of the ride is hidden in the woods. Apollo’s Chariot is also in the forest but it passes of over a river twice. There is also a lot of interaction with the ground during the turns ( and at the last bunny hops.) Diamondback is yet another coaster in the woods. The ride has a water splash, like those on Shei Kra, at the end. The winner here is Apollo’s Chariot because of its hidden drop and river crossings.


Since these are all hyper coasters, I have to have an airtime segment. Nitro has tons of airtime, there are nine airtime moments, the best of these are at the final three bunny hops. Apollo’s Chariot is also an airtime machine, there are seven airtime moments, the best airtime is at the first drop, and at the hill before the turnaround at the far end of the ride. Diamondback is full of airtime too, there are seven moments of airtime, the most intense airtime is on the first two airtime hills. The winner here is Nitro because of its vast amount of airtime moments.


Nitro has an L-shaped layout, there are three massive hills, an overbanked turn, an uphill spiral, and three bunny hops. Apollo’s Chariot has a straight out and back layout, there are three huge hills, a spiral at the far end, three bunny hops, and a few turns. Diamondback has a Y-shaped layout, there are three enormous hills, an overbanked turn, two small helixes, two bunny hops, and a water splash. The winner here is Nitro because it has an overbanked turn, a spiral, as well as the most hills.

So Nitro is the winner! The combination of airtime and turns make for an insane ride. Apollo’s Chariot is my personal favorite of these three rides but Nitro is a close second.

You can read my Nitro review here.

You can read my Apollo’s Chariot review here.

You can read my Diamondback review here.

What do you think? Should Apollo’s Chariot or Diamondback have won? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂



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  1. Matt P permalink

    I knew somewhere inside you you knew Nitro was the better ride :). Like CC says, there is a difference in favorite ride and best ride. Apollo is better than Nitro on theming, scenery, setting, etc. But Nitro is better on layout and airtime. And as for Diamondback, I haven’t ridden it, but I really want to. I honestly think, as much as I love Nitro, that Diamondback looks to have a better layout, better trains (that V arrangement looks awesome), and maybe a better ride. I’m not sure, but I really want to ride it.

    • I think Apollo and Diamondback have stronger airtime than Nitro however Nitro has way more moments of airtime, that was the hardest category to judge. Diamondbacks trains are really cool. If you can, try to sit on the right side near the front.

  2. Marcia permalink

    I’ve only ridden Apollo’s Chariot out of those three; I love that one a LOT, so I’m pretty sure I would enjoy Nitro & Diamondback as well.
    Obviously I can’t pick a winner though since I haven’t been on all three!:P

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