BMW shows that alphanumeric nameplates can have plenty of historical value, too, following the launch of the second-generation 8 Series. Like the original (E31) 8 Series that was sold from 1990 until 1999, the new model is still a grand-touring coupe and convertible, although a four-door "Gran Coupe" is now offered as well. Another area where the new and old 8 Series cars are alike is styling. The slope-nosed look of the original was one of BMW's best designs of that era, and the same can probably be said about the new 8 Series among BMW's current design language.

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