The B13-era Nissan Sentra was a simple car. With one sweet exception, mind you. Nissan build a version badged SE-R. This coupe housed a fantastic four-cylinder upgrade secret under its hood. The 2.0-liter SR20DE inline four-cylinder engine found a happy home here, where it produced 140 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. That doesn’t sound like a ton. But it was enough to get this econbox scooting from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds. For the day, that was quick and it was possible because the curb weight is under 2,300 pounds.

Our friend Zack Klapman spent a good amount of time whipping one through the LA canyon roads. The owner has put a lot of work into the car, and it looks great. Check it out below.