that actually sounds reasonable because the EVO MR comes stanrdard automatic. it'll have more options to modding it than a auto-sti that is not fully available everywhere.Why not learn how to drive manual? Do that and you will be an owner of a machine that has endless tuning capabilities.
Howver if you insist on buying an auto, then I would try to consider an evo ( woud never put my self in that position though) , however its an easier target for your case.
By thee way am based in Dubai, and can help you source out parts if needed ( as an act of support), am not a tuner nor own a tuning place
But can help if needed.