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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.

Wayne Cunningham
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
Wayne Cunningham
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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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