Could they just have a fast chain lift, which wouldn't be as fast as a launch, but also wouldn't take up too much power, similar to Intimidator 305?
I can't see the ride being launched up the vertical section as it is pointless; It would barely improve what is already a fantastic ride.
The world's first will, most likely, be inside the building, similar to TH13TEEN.
The turntable idea would've had to be put on the plans would it not?
I'm rather sure that Thirteen's drop didn't need submiting as it was inside Thirteen's station. Can't see why this would be any different. We don't even know if SW7 is going to be a "worlds first" coaster.