Proton Saga SV88 rendition by Saharudin Design – inspired by 2022 ‘Seoul Vibe’ action movie on Netflix

Proton Saga SV88 rendition by Saharudin Design – inspired by 2022 ‘Seoul Vibe’ action movie on Netflix

Regular viewers of Netflix may have come across Seoul Vibe, a South Korean action film set against the backdrop of the 1988 Seoul Olympics and which packs plenty of driving action, mainly starring Korean cars in its cast of automobiles.

In conjunction with the 65th Merdeka Day celebrations that has just been last month, Netflix Malaysia has been in collaboration with former Proton designer and current MIMOS head of industrial design, Saharudin Busri for the creation of his take on the theme with a Malaysian connection, drawing inspiration from the film.

Given the subject, as well as Saharudin’s past work, the outcome would perhaps be expected: the movie distributor has chosen for Saharudin to reimagine a vehicle he is doubtlessly familiar with – the original Proton Saga – in the context of Seoul Vibe.

Enter the Saga SV88, Saharudin’s rendition of what the first Malaysian car might look like should it be cast in a role for the South Korean action film. Cues from the racing and tuning scene in car culture are evident on the SV88, which wears an outwardly sporty look albeit with relative restraint.

Proton Saga SV88 rendition by Saharudin Design – inspired by 2022 ‘Seoul Vibe’ action movie on Netflix

Saharudin has placed emphasis on the Saga’s square-edged look with the alterations, where changes to the headlamps continue to use rectangular shapes and straight lines, as do the front air intake, lower splitter as well as the bonnet with its raised central section and scoop.

Viewed in profile, the Saga SV88 sports a set of retro-look white multi-spoke wheels with a slight dish, and the look is continued with a set of side skirts to match the items at the car’s front and rear.

Speaking of which, the rear end gets a pair of exhaust outlets also of rectangular design, the tail lamps have been given the rectangular grid treatment, while the bootlid is topped by the ‘tiang gol’ (goal post)-style rear wing and louvres for the rear screen, the latter also seen on contemporary Sagas.

In addition to his modernised renditions of the original Saga, Saharudin has also turned his pen to a sports car concept, with the virtual rendering of a sports car unveiled last year, which was inspired by the Aston Martin DB10.

What do you think of Saharudin’s latest take on the original Proton Saga? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments

  • Smokey Nakata on Sep 13, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Wow LBWK SAGA! Mountain Drifter 2.0 !!!

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  • Ikram on Sep 13, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Man i hope more fanart for Seoul Vibe like JDM cars …

    Skyline GTS-R would be awesome :V ….

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    • Adnan on Sep 14, 2022 at 5:45 pm

      Lol, South Korea is still restricting Japanese Car Imports so far. While some restrictive laws began to be relaxed, vehicle import regulations did not change until 1998/1999 ..

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  • This guy just cant get over with boxy shape design. Even chinese car designer designs better looking car.

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    • Contradiction on Sep 14, 2022 at 1:14 pm

      What kinda car looks like back in 1988?

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    • Sohai on Sep 15, 2022 at 7:07 am

      Chinese car designer is better?? Lol. Look on unsold changan cars maybe u have the idea.

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  • copycat on Sep 13, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    brother sees the Hyundai N74 concept and decides to copy it. Talk about 0 originality.

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  • BOYRACER on Sep 13, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Nice..80s vibe is very evident..i like..

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  • ThePolygon on Sep 14, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Nice.. looks like a Lego car.

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  • donno on Sep 14, 2022 at 11:20 am

    drawing inspiration…

    unlike the koreans, which have virtually zero car modding culture in the 80’s, malaysia do have a vibrant car modding culture in the 80s.

    the road was filled with modded minis, beetles converted to 80s square headlight trend, weber equipped ford escorts etc etc. a popular proton saga mod in the 80s was to replace the front grille with Ford Laser TX3 front grille, and putting on european or aussie sport rims.

    proton itself was toying with radically modified proton sagas for rallying, with the prototype ralliart version, and also the group S saga.

    There is also the super saga track race in batu tiga, with beautiful wide body kits.

    Not to mention the Proton Aerokit version that anybody can buy.

    Those should be the inspiration, if you really know your national automotive history.

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    • KL Menjerit on Sep 14, 2022 at 3:27 pm

      so netflix

      game enough to do a KL Vibe movie next?

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    • weber dcoe on Sep 14, 2022 at 3:47 pm

      oh i remember the old JPJ handouts of allowable mods. one of them is a beetle square headlight mod.

      damn i feel prehistoric

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