Originally Posted by The J-Man
To me, the residual isn't that important, sure a higher residual lowers your monthly payment, but it reduces any potential equity at lease end. With the M3 leases, you will probably have equity to sell the car outright at lease end and pocket a bunch of cash. A lower residual actually gives you more lease end options.
So if the car has an MSRP of $70k, and after the 24 month lease BMW predicts it will be 55% = $38.5k, then demand at that time will likely be north of the 24 month residual which is what you mean by pocketing cash?