Adrenaline Drive was released in Japan in 1999 and was shown at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival. It received a limited release in the United States on May 5, 2000. The film grossed a total of $77,313 on its American wide release.
Adrenaline Drive was well received by Western critics on its initial release. The film ranking website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 75% of critics had given the film positive reviews, based upon a sample of 20. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 69, based on 24 reviews.