Afterburn is a steel inverted roller coaster located at Carowinds amusement park. After more than two years of planning and construction, the roller coaster opened on March 20, 1999. The ride previously operated as Top Gun: The Jet Coaster, before it was renamed Afterburn following Cedar Fair’s purchase of the park in 2006.

Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, Afterburn stands 113 feet (34 m) tall and reaches speeds of 62 miles per hour (100 km/h). It features a 2,956-foot-long (901 m) track and a nearly three-minute-long ride time. Afterburn has generally been well received, having been featured several times as a top 50 roller coaster in Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards.

  • Location North America / United States of America
  • Status Operating
  • Classification Roller Coaster
  • Type Steel
  • Design Inverted
  • Make Bolliger & Mabillard
  • Speed 100
  • Height 34
  • Inversions 6
  • Length 901
  • Duration 2:47
  • Amusement Park Carowinds
  • Capacity 1380
  • Elements Batwing, Chain Lift Hill, Corkscrew, Immelmann, Loop, Zero-G Roll