Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure)

Roller coaster in the United States
Watch the on-ride POV
Six Flags Great Adventure
Location Jackson, New Jersey, USA
Coordinates 40°08′08″N 74°26′40″W / 40.135610°N 74.444364°W / 40.135610; -74.444364
Park section Adventure Seaport
Status Operating since April 7, 2001
Rider height 54 inch minimum
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Product Hyper Coaster
Type Steel - Hyper
Track layout L-Shaped Out and Back
Riders per train 36
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 230 feet
Drop 215 feet
Top speed 80 mph
Length 5394 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 2:20
The entrance in 2016
The station building

Nitro is a steel hyper roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA. Opened on April 7, 2001, it was the third Bolliger & Mabillard Hyper Coaster installation after Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Raging Bull at Six Flags Great America. The ride is 230 feet tall, has a 215 foot tall drop and a top speed of "nearly 80 mph".[1]


Construction of a new roller coaster began in August 2000.[2] Rumored names for the attraction included "Superman Krypton Coaster", even though the colors of the ride weren't blue and red like the other Superman rides. The ride's structure began to rise in December 2000.[3] The ride's name Nitro was officially announced on February 1, 2001.[4]

Nitro opened on April 7, 2001.[2] An opening ceremony was held on April 11, with former WWE wrestler Mankind (Mick Foley).[1]

At the time of its opening, it was the fastest roller coaster in New Jersey and the tallest roller coaster on the East Coast. It has the third steepest drop from a lift hill in the park, behind El Toro (Kingda Ka is not counted as it is a launched roller coaster). Nitro's lift hill once featured signs on the stairways comparing its height to landmarks such as Niagra Falls, however these have since been removed.[3]

A single rider entrance was added for the 2022 season.[5]



The lift and final brake run of the coaster pass the water reservoir for the nearby Congo Rapids

Color scheme

Yellow track with pink rails and blue supports.


3 trains with 9 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 36 riders per train.


  • On a clear night, the Philadelphia skyline (which is 55 miles away) is visible from the top of the ride.[6]
  • The Mortal Kombat Annihilation remix of "Techno Syndrome" by The Immortals plays in the station. As of 2021, it has been changed to a playlist of songs, including "Derezzed" by Daft Punk (but still using "Techno Syndrome"), likely because of the Mortal Kombat movie being released that year.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Bove, Alex. "Nitro Delivers Power and Finesse at Great Adventure". Ultimate Rollercoaster. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Nitro Extreme Thrill Coaster to Blast Off In One Month". Ultimate Rollercoaster. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Nitro". GreatAdventureHistory.
  4. Nitro Unveiled At Six Flags Great Adventure - Six Flags Great Adventure
  5. "Six Flags Great Adventure brings back Medusa and other changes for 2022".

External links

  • Nitro on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

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