There are so many features and options offered in the 2013 BMW 7-Series lineup, there's a risk you'll get a little lightheaded over all the possibilities. It's also possible to get a little carried away, and add $20,000 or more to what's already a premium price. Reach the pinnacle 760Li sedan, and you may see a $160,000 price tag, as well as the very best comfort and ultra-luxury upgrades.
If you want to geek out, there are plenty of chances to do so. BMW now fits the 7-Series with its latest iDrive interface, as well as navigation with 3D mapping. The new iDrive system has revised menus and displays and can understand a wider range of voice commands, and it can translate voice to text messages so drivers are distracted less often.
Back-seat passengers can have their own iDrive controller with a rear-seat entertainment system that bundles twin 9.2-inch screens. A Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound system has 16 speakers, as well as digital signal processing to render more beautiful music from behind aluminum speaker grilles.
Even the 760Li has some features reserved for the option list. They include massaging rear seats, night vision, adaptive cruise control, and a wide range of wood veneer and interior trim materials.
Of note is the Driver Assistance Package, with side and top-view camera views; that package also includes a head-up display when it's coupled with all-wheel drive. An Executive Package adds soft-touch doors, multi-contour seats, and a power trunklid. Even as in BMW's much more affordable vehicles, smartphone integration and BMW Apps compatibility (for streaming from services including Pandora) remain optional.