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Six Flags' new Cyclone roller coaster will be terrifying

If you've ever ridden Coney Island's iconic Cyclone, then you know that it’s scary (If you haven’t, take our word for it — it’s frightening). But not for the reasons you’d expect. Mostly because it’s made of wood, rickety, and old as hell; it legitimately feels/sounds like it's going to collapse at any moment.

To ensure that its version of the Cyclone never thrilled riders simply by falling into a state of disrepair, Six Flags New England retired its 30-plus-year-old version of the coaster in July. And then we waited. 

Until now. The park finally unveiled the coaster’s replacement: the Wicked Cyclone. Scheduled to debut next summer, the nearly 110ft-tall ride will hurtle riders through 14 zero-gravity airtime hills, including the world’s only double-reverse bank hill and a 200-degree stall, as well as three added inversions in a ridiculous 97 seconds!

Designed by William Cobb & Associates and Rocky Mountain Construction, the updated Cyclone will be a ton faster, reaching max gut-churning speeds of 55mph. And though it has a slightly shorter track, at 3,320ft, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in speed. [Insert “That’s what she said!” joke here].
 

The coaster kicks off by dropping riders over a 109ft hill, before sending them tumbling through a near-vertical 120-degree over-banked turn, a tricky 200-degree stall, double-reversing bank hill, and seemingly never-ending series of near-miss airtime hills.

We're not even sure what any of that actually means, but if you wanna know what the whole thing looks like, scroll down.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team, and on the rare occasion she's at an amusement park, she gladly holds everyone's coats and stuff. Follow her on the roller coaster ride that is Twitter at @ChloePantazi.