Knoebels Amusement Resort is actually getting a steel looper, scheduled to open in 2015. Manufactured by Zierer (Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Cobra at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom among others), IMPULSE will feature four inversions including a cobra roll, loop and in-line twist.  With a maximum vertical angle of 90 degrees and height of 98 feet, this will be the most extreme coaster in the park as well as an interesting addition.  I suppose it’s a sign of the times but interesting or not, this type of coaster seems somewhat out of character with both the two wonderful wooden coasters (Phoenix and Twister) and down-home ambience of Knoebels.    It would seem similarly incongruous if Holiday World were to add a steel looping coaster to their ride lineup.  Anyway, that’s progress!  What do you think?  Photograph courtesy of Knoebels.