BMW is releasing a new edition of the BMW M3, with some cosmetic updates and a lowered suspension.

BMW is releasing a new version of their popular M3.  The BMW M3 Edition Models will be available beginning this summer with several cosmetic changes and a dropped suspension.

The decision by BMW to release this edition now is a little surprising considering the fourth generation M3 is barely two years old.  In a sluggish automotive market, perhaps BMW is trying to build a bit of momentum with their M-division.

Whatever the reason, the car does have some interesting cosmetic work.  Available in three non-metallic colors (Alpine White, Black, and Dakar Yellow), as well as Monte Carlo Blue Metallic, the M3 Edition Models will have an interior specifically designed to match the exterior paint.  A chrome package is included standard to accentuate "the truly sophisticated character of the Edition Models."  They use a dark, eloxy-plated chrome for the quad tailpipes, kidney grille, and side gills.  The color tone perfectly matches the blacked-out 19-inch M-series light alloy rims.  Or, if you prefer, you can get the rims in either silver or a contrasting white.  We recommend going with the dark rims, because they will also match the black mirror caps.

Inside, BMW uses white material on the center console and door-panel armrests when the vehicle is purchased with either a white or black exterior.  Carbon Structure leather with white seams is also used.  Black leather is used on the seats, with white seams.  However, on the Dakar Yellow and Monte Carlo Blue editions the chosen exterior color is used throughout the interior, including on the back- and leg-rests.  Armrests and door handles also use the exterior colors for contrasting seams.  M-badged trim bars are designed with a checkered flag look.

The Alpine White model, with white interior accents and blacked out wheels, looks pretty hot.  There are a few pictures here you can cycle through.

In addition to this, the entire M3 Edition Model has a body that is lowered by 10 millimeters.  All of these vehicles come with a 4.0-liter V8 producing 420 hp.  A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, with the M-series double-clutch Drivelogic system available as an option.

The BMW M3 Edition Models will be available beginning in July 2009.  The new edition will only be sold for six months.

Gallery: Exclusive BMW M3 Edition Models Revealed