As for the revamped ride, it's still a one trick pony, but that one trick sure seems like a lot of fun for the thirty seconds you experience it!
The only reason why I say this is because the "corportate" has never come to a SFGA opening (and they have had a bunch and significant ones). Especially with the Little Dipper, they could have made it into big positive press.
I would ride this attaction! Looks fun!
However... I feel that a car with a curved back and a blunt front would work better. The curved back would be aerodynamically optimized for drag reduction so that less power is required to launch you from the station. The blunt front would increase drag, thereby slowing you down naturally without brakes as you return to the station.
Am I wrong on this?
As for the car shape, let's remember that the train doesn't turn around at the top. What was the back of the train effectively becomes the front when it changes direction on the course.
I am wondering why the big wigs made a trip to MM? I mean, don't get me wrong, the ride looks great, but I wonder why the trip, but never to SFGA or SFGAdv?