Williams Group, based in Bolton & which recently appointed Caddick Construction to deliver a £41m automotive retail centre at TraffordCity, showcased the all-new BMW i8 Roadster at the Williams BMW Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, courtesy of Williams BMW Liverpool as title sponsor of the prestigious event for the first time.
The i8 Roadster displayed at the tournament was the centrepiece of a nine-strong selection of BMW cars being showcased at the event by Williams BMW Liverpool, including the i8 coupe, the new BMW X2 and the M4.
Priced from £124,735, the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 Roadster combines a powerful electric motor with an extended range of 33 miles with the BMW TwinPower, turbo three-cylinder petrol engine, offering acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds and CO2 emissions of up to just 46g/kilometre.
Designed to offer both dynamics and agility, the BMW i8 Roadster features an aluminium chassis with ultralight passenger compartment of high-strength carbon fibre, lightweight carbon fibre dihedral (gull wing) doors and an exclusive, all-electric soft-top roof for maximum effect.
Complementing these striking features are optional 20” BMW light-alloy wheels and a wide selection of full leather interiors in a range of colours.
The i8 Roadster can be charged or refuelled with the BMW 360-degree ELECTRIC package with charging at home via the BMW I Wallbox or charging cable. It takes the existing BMW i range to three vehicles alongside the i8 coupe and BMW i3.
The Tournament at Liverpool Cricket Club runs from 20th to 24th June inclusive, is in its 17th year and has grown to become the longest running and largest tennis exhibition in Europe, acting as a warm-up for Wimbledon for up-and-coming and established WTA and ATP players and also featuring the ever-popular Legends of Tennis.
Tony Crolla, head of business at Williams BMW Liverpool, said: “The North West debut of the BMW i8 Roadster at the Williams BMW Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, combined with a thrilling series of matches, generated a truly electrifying atmosphere.”