The first batch of fresh metal from the 2012 Paris motor show has broken cover, with some big surprises unveiled at Volkswagen Group’s preview night event.

Bentley’s GT3 race concept marks the brand’s formal return to motorsport, first pics of VW’s Golf VII GTI reveal a car rumoured to be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four producing 162kW/350Nm, Lamborghini’s Gallardo has received a late-life makeover, and Porsche has previewed its next-gen Panamera with a hybrid concept.

Outside the VW stable, McLaren’s dramatic P1 aims to be the world’s best driver’s car, and Jaguar’s fabulous F-Type marks a sports car return to form for the leaping cat.

Stay tuned for more news and pics tomorrow.

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