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Toast fast! Get a Porsche

For those who consider driving a Porsche roadster to be one of life's ultimate sensual experiences, hold on to your Pop-Tarts. The first Porsche toaster _ sleek, streamlined and precision-engineered _ is about to zip onto privileged American kitchen counters.

Constructed of thick brushed aluminum with midnight-blue trim, its aerodynamic styling has that unmistakable look of high-performance German craftsmanship. Its exacting quartz heating element cuts down on waiting time. The toaster doesn't rudely thrust crusty bread slices in your face; it lifts them gently for a smooth, well-calibrated browning experience.

This lean, mean silvery Uber-toaster will cost you $175. But think how perfectly it will complement that trendy stainless Sub-Zero refrigerator and Vulcan stove.

If fast cars and fast women scare you, a fast toaster could be more your speed.

"Design is neither form alone nor function alone, but the aesthetic synthesis of the two." So says F.A. Porsche, grandson of legendary automaker Ferdinand Porsche. His Austrian firm, Porsche Design, a sister company of the automaker, keeps alive the cachet of the Porsche name beyond the Autobahn, developing luxury products from $2,500 titanium cameras to $4,500 mountain bikes.

Porsche Design pots and pans, manufactured by the Italian firm Barazzoni, not only bring water to a boil, they catch water droplets in lids elegantly grooved with concentric circles, and resist scratches with an outside coating of titanium-ceramic alloy. All that Porsche craftsmanship, technology and advanced materials don't come cheap: A seven-piece set is $1,050.

The Porsche Design two-slice toaster was previewed at the International Housewares Show in Chicago in January. It's part of a new line of appliances for Toastmaster, a Columbia, Mo., company that has been selling pop-up toasters to middle America since 1926. The Porsche Design collection includes a high-tech electric kettle ($120) and a coffeemaker with its own thermal carafe ($200). They'll be available in July at select stores or the six U.S. Porsche Design boutiques, scattered from Aspen, Colo., to Bal Harbour.

Floridians who think they can handle a Porsche in the kitchen can order from a toll-free number, (800)-521-5152. Those who want a Porsche in the utility closet will have to wait. What could be the ultimate in status cleaners, the Porsche Design vacuum, is due out in 1999.