The 1998 LS 400 luxury sedan offered a brand new V8 engine that featured four cams and CVVT (continuously variable valve timing), a drastic upgrade from the previous years model. This model year also offered new five-speed transmission (automatic) and introduced VSC (Vehicle Skid Control) as well as some minor improvements to the cabin. The 1999 model year got a laundry list of updates and upgrades to various trim levels. Cashmere Beige was discontinued as a body color and was replaced by Mystic Gold Metallic. In addition, daytime running lights were made standard.