I've only ever ridden one X-Coaster, that being G-Force and to be quite honest I really don't understand all the hate towards them (Though I do see why people dislike them after RRR
) The seats are comfy and provide good support, the trains are reasonably smooth, and the restraints manage to feel secure whilst allowing plenty of freedom and movement to the upper body. The open design also makes them feel rather thrilling if you ask me
Whilst I'd like to see Gerstlauer take on this I wouldn't have anything against an X-Coaster using the current X-Car design.
On the subject of KumbaK it's worth noting that they mucked up the lift on DVH at Efteling and Intamin had to be called in to sort it
As Rob said it's not that uncommon for coaster companies to use the same track fabricators as each other. I know Intamin and Zierer both use the same one sometimes (Hence why Verbolten looks so Intamin esque). It is possible that Gerst are using someone else for this project which could explain the major difference in track design.
If it is true that the noice document is outdated or incorrect as has been suggested (I don't know much about planning documents and their legality
) then it could be that we are seeing someone else building this. It would also explain why we can't see a beyond vertical drop on the ride layout, unless it's hidden indoors. I'd imagine that if that was the case though the building would go deeper into the ground than it looks. If it was to do that though wouldn't it need to be highlighted on the plans? Especially if the building is the thing which needs approval and extra permission.
Just my thoughts at the moment