The second-generation BMW 7 Series, as of 1986, is the beginning of a new form of design at BMW. Clear in outline, it creates an effect of elegance and lightness. Through the new styling, the BMW 7 Series acquires an appearance of greater modernity and even higher quality. Its contours become guiding principles for the following models, giving the BMW range a new and fresh appearance. Yet even in the second generation, kidney grille, double-round headlights, crease line and Hofmeister kink instantly identify the BMW 7 Series as a BMW. For the first time, the rear end contains the L-shaped rear lights that have been present ever since.