The National Parks worker manning the gates guarding the final climb to the Perisher car park couldn't have looked more confused if we'd turned up naked and riding a unicorn.
"Chains required past this point", the sign clearly reads, but the Audi R8 Spyder's tyres are noticeably naked, and it's not exactly swimming with places to store a packet of gum, let alone four thick and heavy snow chains.
"Ah, you might not believe this, but this is actually an all-wheel drive," I tell her. "And so, I think, that means we're good to go?"
I get a slow and uncertain nod in reply, but crucially, I also get a National Parks sticker handed to me, which is really all the confirmation I need.
Welcome, then, to a brutally cold morning atop the NSW Snowy Mountains - a winter wonderland of driving roads that twist up and over the Australian Alps like a giant silk ribbon has been draped across the peaks.
The only problem is you can't really drive them in winter, with anything even resembling a rear-drive sports car. It would likely spear you off the road and into one of the many, many trees that line these roads, quicker than you can say, "What's this I hear about black ice?".
And that means you're usually stuck driving some boring four-wheel drive. Cautious, practical cars that will transport you slowly and safety over the peaks.
Or, as it turns out, you could take an Audi R8 Spyder.