Do what I do.
Save the tire money and buy an Audi 4000 Quattro!
If you think that bald toyo tires are fine than
your "bat out of hell" is way different than mine.
I put snows on my RS but my STI will probably never see snow
not because I think that the salt will ruin the paint but because you need tall and skinny snow tires and that is impossible to put on the STI.
I try to use nothing larger than a 175-75-14
(on an RS you need legacy calipers in the front to use 14" wheels)
Oh and d4d4d4d4,
I hope you carry a towstrap!