The trouble is that a coupe with a sun-roof is less than ideal for a roof-rack. To BMW's credit, the car incorporates standard rack-mount screws in the gutters, much like the WRX had, so my current Yakima rack would work seamlessly on the new car. To my view it looks pretty cool, but a little too much like a Jetta.
There's the further problem that a rack interferes with sunroof-open driving. Perhaps the coolest thing about this car is that it has a huge amount of glass, such that with the sunroof open (or even the shade open) it feels almost like a convertible. I also abhor the mileage hit you take with a roof rack. Even with fairly careful highway driving the WRX averaged less than 25 mpg with the roof rack in place. I'd like to think I can increase that by a fair amount with this non-turbo replacement.
Two other obvious options: (1) the hitch rack. Yakima, Thule, Saris, and a maker I hadn't heard of -- Kuat (umlaut omitted) -- all offer high design-factor hitch racks, with the Kuat appearing to be the king. There are myriad off-brand options as well -- Hollywood, Sportrack, Swagman, and Bell, to name four. In hitch racks I would only be interested in a tray-mount version, which appear to secure the bike more solidly; do not involve hanging the bike from the frame (which causes cable rub on my externally-cabled bikes); and look much cooler.
|Hitch racks fold up and out of the way for convenience when bikes are not loaded.|
|The least elegant but perhaps most convenient option.|
I suppose the answer is to experiment before dumping at least half-a-thousand dollars, including a new trailer hitch(!), on the hitch-mount option. Input from the crowd?