Hmm, hadn't thought of it that way. It was more like, since we are taking the new car plunge...
"might as well get a nice trim level" (gotta have those heated seats!)
"might as well get a 5 speed"
limited color choice in the 5 speed GT, red or white. Red of course.
Had a strap type years ago and yeah, they're pretty much terrible. Have had a truck or SUV since so a bed or hitch rack was the way to go (skis fit inside the SUV). Considered a sportier car purchase last year and just couldn't stomach a roof rack on anything I looked at and a couple didn't have hitches available to fit and still allow ground clearance.
With the fairing the hit to mpg might not be too bad.