Hey Jay! Welcome.
I'm clueless when it comes to knowing weather conditions in other parts of the U.S. I can say that I'm sure Michigan sees alot more weather then Southern California does. If you see alot of snow and rain where you live then an AWD model might be the right thing for you. Just remember that you should only be considering an AWD version for the purpose of better stability in these active weather conditions. Better handling and performance reasons are not important with this Chrysler/Benz AWD system.
If you follow the address above you will see a small conversation I had with some AWD supporters. After I made my last point nobody had anything to say. One guy was talking about how I am crazy to say that performance and handling will suffer because some 2 million dollar audi le mans' car has AWD and tears up the racing scene
. I thought to myself, "wow now we are comparing this Chrysler AWD system to a AWD system that is one of a kind and tuned for the most competative racing in the world.
" I hope you see my point.
With the AWD system you might lose 1-3 mpg and you might see the 300c grip on the skid pad go from .72g's to .78 maybe .80g's but that's wishful thinking. If the AWD model ends up being a little faster I would be very suprised. It'll probably be a little slower the the RWD 300C. So remember only get if weather is an issue, because in active weather conditions the AWD will help alot.
Lastly if weather doesn't concern you very much I would really consider the SRT-8 version of the car. I've been telling everyone since march when I first got my car that if they wan't one they should really consider waiting for the SRT-8 version, and at the time nobody knew what I was talking about. Now most people do and are taking the advice. If you would like an SRT-8 I would put in an order as soon as the dealership allows you to.