Maybe I'm missing something here... but I seem to remember that huge hood bulge... that functional hood bulge...
And then that Airbox that sits promptly right on top of the engine, filling up that familiar hood bulge. I don't really see how there would be any room for a strut to be placed over that. It would have to bend upwards and I think the angle needed would provide room for deflection of the bar itself.
Not to mention it would look awkward.