All Wheel Drive CAN be made to handle phenomenally and at higher power outputs it can be said they are much more controllable/easier to manage. BUT from some one who has driven everything from hot hatches to high end sports cars to super bikes and big rigs, I must say that for pure driving pleasure RWD is my preference.
Most all AWD platforms have a tendency for understeer when driven at or near the limit. And although with technology and technique this can be limited it simply does not lend itself to pure uninterrupted FUN.
I have done donuts, sliding around dirt roads and messing about on snowy roads and large lots in 2wd 4wd AWD and hell even 1WD. 4wd/awd is a MUCH MUCH TIGHTER donut (with the exception of motorcycles) but it was also kinda boring took no skill to continue around in the donut. While with rear drive to keep going not spin and stop requires constant Throttle and steering inputs. Drifting again can be done quicker with AWD but quicker does NOT necessarily equal more FUN.
So basically if the goal is a better all out competitive car on a loose surface or at a very high end car spec AWD may be the best option. BUT if pure fun is all your after FEW in the automotive world will argue that RWD is the way to go.
Also from being a mechanic RWD is also FAR less complex, Easier/cheaper to work on/maintain and will be lighter with less drivetrain loss of power to the wheels.