THAT’S IT! The newer STIs are a blast to drive in stock trim. They may be more refined and less raw compared to the older models but that doesn’t take away the joy. The only thing the STI NEEDS right away (besides a Cylinder 4 coolant mode) is a proper set of 18×9.5s and some sticky 275/35/18 tires.
DO IT, look how perfect this is! That is all. Enjoy.