The 2jz ge is a drunkard too in the best of tune. Thats why toyota dropped it from production, it is extremely dirty emmssions and requires lots of rpm for some torque delivery.
The 1GR etc is much much better. But supremely expensive to buy and to repair.
The rotary is very dirty emmissions too but on a track an RX8 makes a miata look like an ape, its literally that good! The road manners it has is almost race car, the old rx7 was true spec track car though.