Interesting VVTI took that long. As I remember when we bought our 2004 4Runner VVTI was on the V6 but not the V8. Would have to dig out the old sales brochure. I know the five speed and 4.7 V8 were in the first year of the 4th generation 4Runner in 02003. Unless I'm mistaken thought our 2004 4Runner had more HP in the 4.7 than our 2000 LC. Maybe it was just that it was lighter or had the five speed.