The smooth, elegant curves of the INFINITI J30 make it one of the most distinctive, if not controversial, cars on the road. And in a segment over-run with import and domestic luxury-car wanna-bes, it doesn't hurt to stand out from the crowd. Despite a few questionable touches that smack of insecure nouveau riche, the J30 is a luxury sports sedan that will live up to just about anyone's expectations. Elegant and smooth are words that quickly come to mind when describing this Japanese import. And even after a few years on the market, the J30 remains a unique head-turner. The look-at-me exterior wraps around a contemporary, functional and much more subtle interior. The leather-draped inside is the sheer definition of luxury, and the J30's gauges and instrumentation are both attractive and functional. Under the skin, we're talking about a peppy performer that deftly blends acceleration, handling and creature comfort. For those who like their ride firm and precise, the J30t is the recommended choice. It comes with aluminum-alloy wheels, recalibrated springs and stabilizer bars, and a rear deck lid spoiler. We chose the J30t as our test vehicle and spent a week getting to know just what it had to offer. We do have one note, though. The J30 will cost you at least $38,550. Make that $40,550 if you opt for the Touring package (J30t). That's nearly as much as what the larger, more powerful and more luxurious INFINITI Q45 cost back in mid-1992 when the J30 made its debut.