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2013 BMW 750Li adds data-driven features (pictures)

BMW gives its big, 7-series luxury cruiser apps in its BMW Online service and social media integration with the smartphone-based ConnectedDrive service.

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The 750Li is the long-wheelbase version of BMW's 7-series, with the middle engine choice. It is a car that, while certainly very enjoyable to drive, also offers a very nice experience from the back seat.
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The 750Li features one of BMW's newer tech hits, LED headlights. These lights project an extremely well-defined pattern, while using less energy and having greater life than incandescent lamps. These LED headlights are a win-win-win.
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The engine in the 750Li is BMW's direct-injection 4.4-liter V-8 with forced induction from two twin-scroll turbochargers, one for each bank of cylinders. BMW also offers the 740i, with a 3-liter straight-six, and the 760i, powered by a 6-liter V-12.
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An adaptive suspension makes the ride more pliable in Comfort Plus mode, and tightens it up in Sport mode. This car also came with optional Integral Active Steering, four-wheel steering, which helps the car's cornering.
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As you would expect, there is plenty of room in the trunk. The wide, high-opening hatch makes it easy to drop in luggage or bodies.
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BMW's front seats mix comfort and capability. Reasonably sized bolsters keep you in place during hard cornering, while power adjustments make the seat fit well.
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The extra length affords rear-seat passengers plenty of legroom, and make it very easy to get in and out.
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The 750Li gets a host of driver assistance features. The surround-view camera is a great help when maneuvering the long car through a parking garage.
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The rear-view camera is also very capable, including trajectory lines and a wide, clear view.
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The main LCD measures 10.2 inches, and BMW gives you the choice of showing it in this split-screen format or in full-screen. Here, the main menu occupies the left two thirds, while an online widget showing time and weather sits on the right third.
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The high-resolution maps show excellent detail, and include 3D-rendered buildings in city centers.
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BMW's traffic reporting, brought into the car through standard radio frequency broadcast, covers major throughways and some surface streets.
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The driver can choose which online widgets to display on the right third of the screen.
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The Panoramio widget shows photographs of the area through which the car is traveling.
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BMW's ConnectedDrive is a smartphone-based app system. It includes social media, Internet radio, and news. However, it currently only works on iPhone.
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When the Web radio is active through ConnectedDrive, it shows up as an audio source on the 750Li's stereo screen.
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Twitter integration shows abbreviated tweets, and the driver can make the car read out the full tweet. The car includes a set of canned tweets the driver can post.
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BMW Online is a different connected feature from ConnectedDrive, and relies on the car's own data connection. It offers a different set of connected features.
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This Wikipedia-based location information comes to the car courtesy of BMW Online.
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The 750Li also has a full-featured digital music system, which includes the car's own hard drive along with other devices passengers can bring into the car.
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The car shows a full music library interface for USB drives and iOS devices plugged into its USB port.
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Music playback includes album art, when available.
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The available Bang & Olufsen audio system delivers excellent sound through its 16 speakers.

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